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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IETHBRIOGE HERALD Thursday, July 19, 1973 Woman bus driver Edith Asboth, 44-year-old mother, begins bus-driver training soon with the Toronto Transit Commission. may become the first woman driver since the Second World War. NDP takes look at party stand By STEWART MacLEOD VANCOUVER The New Democratic Party begins a self-examination of its ppliticies today with energy, housing and inflation-fighting but main is- sues on the floor. But off the perhaps look at tne party's political occasionally on, the delegates will be taking a close stance since the Oct. 30 general election, and its voting support for the minority Liberal govern- ment. Party Leader David Lewis is expected to receive strong sup- port for his stand, even though some delegatt; have expressed discomfort about it. "Nobody seems to have a bet- ter says Terry Gier Lake- While there are a series of contentious issues coming be- fore the convention, 'including sharplyMfivided arguments over the virtues of all-Canadian la- bor unions, this meeting does not have the built-in excitement of the earlier biannual party gatherings. There are no over- riding confrontations with the old Waffle wing or women's representation nor is there a full-scale leadership contest. Mr. Lewis will face a nominal (challenge from Douglas Camp- ben, a part-time taxi-driver and publisher of the Coffee House News in Toronto, who has en- joyed little success in other leadership challenges. But, pro- viding Mr. Campbell can get 50 signatures on his nomination papers, and he likely can, his entry will result in a leadership vote. The party's federal council met Wednesday, approving and I amending resolutions submitted! by the resolutions committee, which is boiling down about 400 submitted statements to more manageable proportions. Coun- cil delegates who worked be- hind the closed doors predicted that the major arguments would erupt over the question of possible price and wage con- trols, the pros and cons of "na- tional unions versus inter- national unions, and energy pol- icies. DEBATE PREDICTED T. C. former party leader and MP far Nanaimo- Cowichan-The Islands, said a good deal of heat could be gen- erated over the controls issue. Mr. Lewis has issued a pre- conference statement on the energy question, calling for "realistic and effective" pol- icies. And Ms statement re- minded delegates of the recom- mendations of a party task force which called for, among other tilings, the creation of a national energy planning board, along with a Canadian petro- leum corporation "to inject some real competition into the oil industry." And the council approved Wednesday a will be presented to the convention- committing any federal NDP government tff a five-year hous- ing program which would in- clude the spending of mil- lion a year "to ensure public control of the major share of land around Canada's cities. Along with-other steps, the urban affairs department would be strengthened and Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. would be abolished. Railway strike may start July 27 By VIC PARSO.NS OTTAWA (CP) Railway non-operating workers are most likely to begin strike action Fri- day. July 27. the day after pay- day for the employees, a union official says. Last week representatives of the -workers said they were planning rotating or selective stoppages against their Rail. Canadian National Railways and smaller rail firms. Tney are legally en- titled to strike July 21. Although union leaders repre- senting the non-operating em- ployees are to meet in Montreal Thursday to discuss conciliation proposes, the spokesman says the assembly would just be a formality before rejection of a report submitted last weefe by board chairman Mr. Justice Craig Munroe of the British Co- lumbia Supreme Court. Mr. .Justice Munroe's report suggested -wage increases of 16 per cent in two years for the clerks, porters, maintenance, roundhouse -and other employ- ees. Average basic hourly wage for the non-operaling workers is Railway union leaders have expressed fears that the govern- ment will intervene with legisla- tion in any strike or lockout ac- tion. Ttwy say intervention or the threat of interference by Parlia- ment in the past has made the railway workers fall behind em- ployees in comparable jobs in other industies, thus in- tensifying feelings of frustration among union members. Panic-selling claim denied OTTAWA (CP> Agricul- ture Minister Eugene Whclan denied in the Commons Wed- nesday that rising production costs have caused panic selling of hogs in Canada. Respcmdinj: to Grace Macln- nis Kings- way X who said "even pregnant STf being sold, Mr. {Statistics don't bear this oirt. J3e said the slaughter rate is up slightly in Ontario but there j has been no notable change over last >car m Ihr